Paris, France and Montreal, Canada, October 4, 2011

Bull SAS and Alphinat Inc. (TSXV: NPA), today announced they have signed a partnership agreement in Paris for the commercialization, integration and related professional services of Alphinat’s SmartGuide software suite.

This partnership agreement is the logical progression of the collaboration that the two companies started with the successful implementation of the MDEL (Ma démarche en ligne or My On-Line Procedures) project for the French State Modernization Agency (the DGME), an inter-ministerial body reporting to the Ministry for the Budget. The DGME had set out an ambitious program to put many public services on line, with the objective of simplifying and optimizing the way users interact with government at different times and situations in their daily life. Putting these government services on line involved implementing a factory-style platform built around SmartGuide which takes into account the constant evolution of on-line services offerings and responds to extremely demanding constraints in terms of timescales, load, security and costs.

The current global economic context pressures governments and enterprises to quickly adopt cost saving measures while enhancing the quality of services they render. This demand places the Alphinat-Bull offering at the forefront of innovative solutions to satisfy organisations’ and their clients’ needs for increased agility and productivity for their online services.

“Alphinat is excited about this agreement as it confirms Bull’s and Alphinat’s commitment to offer innovative eBusiness solutions to government and enterprise”, said Philippe Lecoq, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alphinat. Joint sales efforts currently focus on various private and public sector customers in France including financial services organisations, municipalities and federal government ministries and agencies.

In parallel, the two companies are pursuing mutual opportunities in other countries where Bull has an established presence, with an initial focus on Spain, Brazil and on the European Union. “This partnership is part of the strategy of industrializing online services and focusing on value-added offerings of our Business Line” adds Thierry Siouffi, Executive Vice President of Bull Business Integration Solutions, “Our clients will greatly benefit from the combination of Bull’s expertise in integration of mission critical solutions and Alphinat’s innovative SmartGuide technology.”

About Bull

Bull is an Information Technology company, dedicated to helping Corporations and Public Sector organizations optimize the architecture, operations and the financial return of their Information Systems and their mission-critical related businesses.

Bull focuses on open and secure systems, and as such is the only European-based company offering expertise in all the key elements of the IT value chain.

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About Alphinat

At Alphinat, we are driven by the passion to make application development easy for everyone. It always struck us as odd that the people with the vision of how a finished application should look and behave would only be involved at the start of the process. After all, what better way to ensure a favourable outcome than to provide those closest to an application’s end-users with a vested interest in its success throughout its development?

That’s why we bring you new ways to empower the right people at the right time in the application development process. At the same time, we’re constantly working to reduce the need to code in order to make application development and maintenance simpler and less error-prone.

So whether you choose to develop your applications with the help of our low-code platform SmartGuide®, kickstart your project using one of our pre-built apps or engage us or one of our partners to do the work for you, we’re here to help you deploy better applications in record time. Visit for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.

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